2 Chargers whose stock have grown after 2023 NFL Draft, 2 that have plummeted
By Jason Reed
Stock is down with the Chargers: Chris Rumph
Great teams draft pass rushers in almost every single NFL Draft and the Chargers followed suit by taking Tuli Tuipulotu in the second round. Tuipulotu was a great selection by the Bolts as he gives the team edge-rushing depth on the outside while also having the ability to kick inside to add a pass-rushing presence.
While taking an edge rusher this early in the draft was not a surprise, it does not change the fact that is hurts Chris Rumph's status with the team. Rumph was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and it really looked like the Chargers had plans for him.
Rumph was rather green and definitely needed to bulk up to play on the outside in the NFL but the long-term potential of him being a pass rusher was exciting. Now, with the team taking someone who will almost certainly be ahead of him on the depth chart, it is hard to buy into this optimistic outlook for Rumph.
The 2022 season was an eye-opener for any fans who bought a lot of Rumph stock when he was drafted. Despite the team being banged up, Rumph only played 33% of the defensive snaps and was not particularly good in those snaps. He was a non-factor. The kind of end-of-roster edge rusher that is easily replaceable.
Hopefully, that changes with another full NFL offseason in him but as it stands right now, Rumph's value on the Chargers stock market is at an all-time low.